The Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo
Western province - Bangalore

Villa Borromeo, 44/1, Hennur Road, St. Thomas Town - (P.O) Bangalore – 560084

 

Villa Borromeo, St. Charles Provincialate–Western Province

Foundation Day      :  1976

Present Apostolate : Province Administration, Formation, Pastoral care

 

The Provincial House of the Sisters of St. Charles in India was at St. Thomas Town, Bangalore till 1976.The Province administration and the apostolic activities of the community were merged as one unit with Mother Christiane, as the Provincial Superior also functioning as local Superior of the community for a number of years. It was a felt need to bifurcate the Provincial administrative unit from the local unit for better administration of the Province and for the functioning of the apostolic activities. After prayer and discussion, in 1974, the Provincial and her council initiated the process of relocating the Province Administrative unit to another location. Several places in Bangalore were visited and finally Mahatma Gandhi Road was found suitable for the purpose. As the formalities for the purchase of the property were in progress Mother Christiane fell ill, her health condition deteriorated rapidly and she breathed her last on 22nd June 1975. Sr. Lydia, the Assistant Provincial, was appointed to be in charge till the appointment of a new Provincial Superior. In November, 1975 Sr. Benedicta Lobo was appointed as the new Provincial Superior. On 15 th June 1975 Sr. Benedicta with Sr. Lydia, the Vice-Provincial and Sr. Hilda moved to M.G. Road with the view of forming and shifting to the new Provincial community. It was decided that the student Sisters would reside at the Provincialate as would make it easier for them to reach their respective schools and colleges. Sr. Zita, the postulant Mistress, together with the postulants also moved from St. Thomas Town to Villa Borromeo. In April 1982 the Postulancy was moved back to St. Thomas Town. The blessing of Villa Borromeo, as the new Provincialate was named, took place on 22nd June 1976, the first death anniversary of Mother Christane. Mgr. William D’Mello, Vicar General of Bangalore Archdiocese celebrated the inaugural Mass and the blessing of the house in the presence of the Sisters of two communities in Bangalore. Activities of Villa Borromeo : Being the only Provincialate of St.Charles in India all the houses with their apostolates were under its administration. Meetings, seminars, courses, retreats for various groups and levels were conducted at Villa Borromeo. Though the space was restricted when there were big groups, the joy of coming together, the spirit of simplicity and of sacrifice and adjusting to the circumstances and the hospitality of the community, a characteristic of SCB Sisters rendered all the inconveniences seem too small compared with the happiness and enrichment that the coming together brought with it. In 1978 Villa Borromeo was the venue for the first General Chapter in India. In 1979 the Golden Jubilee of the St. Charles Missions in India was organized. The Province spent the whole year in thanksgiving. The finale was celebrated at St. Thomas Town in December 1979. In 1983 the Province of St. Charles was bifurcated into the Western Province and Eastern Province with Sr. Renee D’Souza as its first Provincial Superior. Mahatma Gandhi Road was becoming a busier and noisier area with increase in traffic and high rise buildings and the need for relocating Villa Borromeo was felt. On 29th November 1992 the foundation for the New Provincial House was laid and on March 25th , 1995 the new Villa Borromeo was blessed at St. Thomas Town. Apart from province administration, sisters take part in the pastoral activities of the local Parish like SCC meetings, house visits, communion to the home bound and in the Parish, conduct catechism and liturgical activities.

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Sisters of St Charles Borromeo

Western Province
Villa Borromeo,
44/1, Hennur Road,
St. Thomas Town - (P.O)
P.O- Bangalore – 560084

Phone - 080 – 25473003

Email stcharlesbangalore@gmail.com

Web stcharlesbangalore.org

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